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Hello Everyone :)

I am a Canadian looking to move to the UK, preferably in London or the South. I have a degree that will allow me to work as a paraprofessional in the social care field. I looked into recruitment agencies, but I am curious what other options there are for finding work. Does anyone have links that could be useful? Also, if there is anyone who has found work in this field, could you please offer me some advice? Any information would be greatly appreciated!

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There are 3 ways to get jobs in the UK.

Agencies.

Companies' websites.

Network of friends or acquaintances.
 

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Hello Everyone :)I am a Canadian looking to move to the UK, preferably in London or the South. I have a degree that will allow me to work as a paraprofessional in the social care field. I looked into recruitment agencies, but I am curious what other options there are for finding work. Does anyone have links that could be useful? Also, if there is anyone who has found work in this field, could you please offer me some advice? Any information would be greatly appreciated!
Crucial for you is if your qualification fits into a category of occupations (shortage occupation list) that allows you to apply for a visa without your propective employer having to demonstrate lack of resident applicants. For social work field, the relevant regulation is in http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/s.../pointsbasedsystem/sectionqcodeofpractice.pdf
If you do qualify for Tier 2 visa, probably the simplest is to go through an agency specialising in placing foreign social work staff, at least initially, as they can help with visa application and other necessary procedures (like opening a bank account). I have no specific recommendations about agencies, unfortunately. Once you are established in UK and working, you can probably find other openings and apply direct.

Out of the above three ways, which is best promising one?
It depends on what kind of a visa you require. If your job is on shortage list, agencies are probably the best, as I've already said. If you don't already have the right to work, a company or other employer is hardly likely to consider you when there is a glut of applicants for the posts. Networking may work if you can find an employer willing to go through the sponsorship route, but you really need to have very specific skills not found in UK or you are on shortage list. Even then the employer has to jump through hoops to sponsor you, like paying £1000 to become a registered sponsor.
 

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Hi!

I am a social worker too and I decided to look for a job in the UK. There are a lot of recruitment agencies that the UK councils hire to find potential candidates and set up the interviews.

I went through UK Pro (google it) and they have been awesome! I interviewed with social work managers from West Sussex, England at the end of May and I got the job! I am moving there at the end of August. If you get a job before you move there, the UK employer will sponsor your visa and it is a lot cheaper than going on your own! Just so you know, social work in the UK is in the Child Protection field. That is the job in need. Good luck! Let me know if you have any other questions!
 
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